NO TRAINING ON HART BRIDGE?
I have lived here in Jacksonville since 1989 and have enjoyed training for and running in many annual River Run races.
As a part of tradition, runners throughout the community train on the River Run course, which includes both the Main Street and Hart bridges. We have for years run the course early Sunday mornings (7 a.m.) during January and February to help prepare for the March event. We target the early start time to avoid vehicle traffic.
On Jan. 22, eight to nine runners were running up the Hart Bridge along the side of the road around 8 a.m., finishing up their training run. They were met by three police cars together with their lights and sirens on. They were pulled over and one officer forced them to turn around near the top of the bridge and return back down. They were told by one of the officers that it was against the law and that they would be arrested and jailed if caught doing it anymore. Our running groups have encountered police officers in the past while running the same course and were not stopped or bothered like this.
We are only runners, not criminals! Is there such a law that prohibits pedestrians from running on city or state roads? We pose no threats crossing a city bridge on a early Sunday morning.
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